Rayagada district came into existence October 2, 1992. It is famous for its longest human history. Rayagada was ruled by Kalinga empire during the reign of Ashoka. According to historical journals, the hilly tracks between Bansadhara and Nagabali was famous for spices. Many rock inscriptions and literatures were found which provides information about the rulers of this place.

Geographical Location
Rayagada is located at 19° 17′ North and 19 °58′ North Latitude and 82° 5′ and 84 ° 2′ East Longitude. It has an average elevation of 207 meters (679 feet).

Rayagada district is spread over an area of 7584.7 sq. km. This region has picturesque natural scenery with rolling mountain, meadows, roaring rivers, rapid waterfalls, lakes and primitive and colorful tribals like Dongaria Kondha, Soura, Bonda, Koya, Paraja, Lanjia Soura and Durua etc. It can be therefore rightly called the treasure house of tribal tourism and culture. Major languages spoken in this district are Odia, Telugu and Soura (tribal language).

Place of Residence Sex Population Scheduled Castes Scheduled Tribes OBC/ General
Total Persons 831,109 115,665 463,418 252,026
Male 409,792 57,265 224,908 127,619
Female 421,317 58,400 238,510 124,407
Rural Persons 715,702 99,785 449,417 166,500
Male 351,158 49,450 218,096 83,612
Female 364,544 50,335 231,321 82,888
Urban Persons 115,407 15,880 14,001 85,526
Male 58,634 7,815 6,812 44,007
Female 56,773 8,065 7,189 41,519

How to reach there?
Rayagada is approximately 440 km away from the state capital. It is connected by rail and road to major cities like Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Visakhapatanam, Koraput, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad. Both bus service and trains are available from most major cities of Odisha. So one can opt either for bus or train to reach there.

Where to stay?
There are a number of hotels available in Rayagada for a good stay.

Fairs and Festivals
People of Rayagada celebrate Chaitra Parba of Maa Maji Ghariani Goddess, Rath Yatra, Ganesh Puja, Kali Puja, Gaja Laxmi Puja and Christmas.

Places of Interest